All About Growing Summer Squash

Branch out from only growing zucchini! Growing summer squash is an easy and productive way to incorporate a variety of shapes, colors and sizes into your vegetable garden as well as your kitchen. Choose from the types of summer squash detailed here, including pattypan, tromboncino and yellow squash varieties, to fit your space and tastes.

| June/July 2012

  • Pattypan Squashes
    Colorful and low in calories, summer squash offer quiet flavors that blend beautifully with fresh herbs, mushrooms and all sorts of cheeses.
    KEITH WARD
  • Summer squash
    Try all the different types of summer squash, from tromboncino and zucchini to round and pattypan varieties.
    ILLUSTRATION: KEITH WARD

  • Pattypan Squashes
  • Summer squash

(For details on growing many other vegetables and fruits, visit our Crop at a Glance collection page.)

Fast and easy to grow in a wide range of climates and soils, the many types of summer squash are among the most productive vegetables in the summer garden.

Types of Summer Squash to Try

Most summer squash are classified as Cucurbita pepo and vary more in appearance than taste. They come in a range of sizes, shapes and colors, so make plantings of several types to add variety to your table.

Yellow squash are buttery yellow and elongated, and some have crooked necks. Overripe fruits turn into warted gourds.



Zucchini squash produce large crops of club-shaped fruits with skins in varying shades of green. Some zucchini squash varieties are striped or even bright yellow.

Pattypan squash are an old type of summer squash that produce fruits shaped like plump flying saucers with scalloped edges. Varieties range from dark green to bright yellow to white.

george bouthillier
8/7/2018 10:38:50 AM

I will start to preferr Fancycrookneck hybrid it has 40% more production then other hybrids alot more production the Op or hierloom squash so before the vine borer gets to it you have a great more harvested I know you can't safe the seed of hybrid but at least you get alot more female flowers that gives you more fruit per plant!


george bouthillier
8/7/2018 10:30:29 AM

I prefer to grow Fancycrookneck hybrid it produces alot more female flower so more squash per plant 40% more then the other hybrids and alot more the the Op and heirloom squash so you get alot more squash per plant before the vine borer gets to it and its mildew resistant disease resiatant even thou you cant save the seed you get alot more squash per plant!


george bouthillier
8/7/2018 10:30:29 AM

Fancycrookneck hybrid 40% more productive then other hybrids alot more productive then OP and heirlooms disease resistant so you get more squash before the vineborer or other things get to it!







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